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State Flower – The IRIS, genus Iridaceae, is an herbaceous perennial of which there are about 170 species, including several North American varieties, the most common of which is the Blue Flag. While there are several different colors among the iris, and the act naming the iris as the state flower did not name a particular color, by common acceptance the PURPLE IRIS is considered the state flower.
Tennessee Institute of Public Health (TNIPH)

TNIPH is a partnership of public and private health agencies, organizations, and academic institutions established to maximize resources for the purpose of promoting health research, education, and service focused on improving the health of all Tennesseans.

With a Board of experts from across the state, TNIPH is housed at the College of Public Health at East Tennessee State University.

Vision Statement:

TNIPH is a lead statewide convener of organizations, agencies and groups to build and foster the collaborations necessary to improve the public’s health.


The mission of the TNIPH, as a free-standing independent entity, is to foster measurable improvements in the health and wellness of all Tennesseans through conducting and promoting statewide multi-sector initiatives, including data driven planning, health education and public awareness, and research and advocacy for effective health-related policy.

2013 County Profile Health Rankings Released

The University of Wisconsin, in collaboration with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, has released a report that details, state by state, the health status of each county in the United States of America, including details and rankings for each county in Tennessee. The profiles and health ranking for each county in Tennessee can be found at the following link: Other state profiles can be found at the following link:

TNIPH is a member of the National Network of Public Health Institutes.


Regional Roadmap

The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) and Tennessee Institute of Public Health (TNIPH) at East Tennessee State University (ETSU) are pleased to announce the Regional Roadmap for a Healthier Appalachian Tennessee project. The project will establish local health initiatives that link economic development and business with health and human service organizations and community stakeholders.

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